Eric Boucheron is an old internet friend of mine. We made things together at the turn of the century (too early?), as members of an art collective called Suffocate. He has started posting artwork on his website again. It’s awesome, you should go check it out.

I’ve always loved his work, it was a big influence on my early grunge aesthetic. He also takes pictures of banana peels.

November 28, 2013 ·

Google Art Project

Close up of The Bedroom by Van Gogh

The Art Project by Google allows you to get up close and personal with well-known pieces of artwork. The project has street-view style walkthroughs from a number of museums, with large resolution versions of many paintings. A portion of the paintings have a very-high zoom level, allowing you see them in minute detail. The crop above is from The Bedroom by Van Gogh. The site requires Flash.

February 22, 2011 ·

Caravaggio the criminal

Old state archives from Rome, show that Caravaggio had somewhat coloured past.

He had frequent brushes with the police, got into trouble for throwing a plate of cooked artichokes in the face of a waiter in a tavern, and made a hole in the ceiling of his rented studio, so that his huge paintings would fit inside. His landlady sued, so he and a friend pelted her window with stones.

Tack on a murderous brawl and you’ve got yourself a fine upstanding citizen.

February 18, 2011 ·

Hockney’s iPad art

David Hockney is showing his iPad artwork at an exhibition in Paris. He’s not adverse to using technology to create art, but found that computers were too slow.

It has given him a new way of sharing his creations. Fleurs Fraiches has its origins in smaller drawings that Hockney made on his iPhone and then e-mailed to friends. After a short while he’d produced hundreds of drawings, loving them for their immediacy, and for the instant responses and critiques from those who received them.

“You can make a drawing of the sunrise at 6am and send it out to people by 7am.”

Yup, the iPad is only for consumption of media, you can’t use it to produce content.

November 2, 2010 ·

Art that sells itself

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter is a piece of artwork by Caleb Larson that perpetually tries to sells itself.

Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on the eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself.

February 7, 2010 ·